April Street Team Members

Amish fiction, Street Team Comments: 6

I wanted to introduce our April Street Team members to you. We have 19 members this year, and my plan is to highlight 2 each month. I hope you’re enjoying getting to know the people who help promote my books. If being on a street team is something you think you would enjoy, be sure and sign up for my newsletter in the top right box. We’ll send out a call for new members in November.




  1. Where were you born?  I was born in Gary, Indiana but my parents are from Puerto Rico. I still live in Indiana, near Shipshewana and MIddlebury.
  2. Mac or PC? Mac
  3. If you were to describe your personality in just a few words, what would they be?  Loyal, sincere, caring
  4. Where’s your favorite vacation spot? Puerto Rico.  For me, vacation is where I get away to spend time with family.  The fact that my daughter, grandson, and a lot of my family live there is a huge factor that drives me to go there as often as is possible. I also love the ocean, hills, mountains, rainforest, the sound of the ocean breeze in the leaves of the palm trees, the sound of the “coqui”, and I love the food.
  5. What’s your “go-to” staple in the kitchen? Sofrito.  It’s used for flavoring almost every puertorican dish.  It’s made with cilantro, garlic, onions, cubanelle peppers, aji dulce (look like habaneros except that they are sweet, not hot), and culantro ( kind of in the cilantro family but has a different taste and look).


Nancee is standing on my right!

Nancee is standing on my right!

  1. Where were you born?  The Great Lakes State of Michigan. I grew up in the small village of Lamont which is halfway between Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan.
  2. Mac or PC? PC
  3. If you were to describe your personality in just a few words, what would they be?  Old fashioned, compassionate, and I love my personal space. My favorite things to do other than spending time with my grandloves are reading, quilting and knitting.
  4. Where’s your favorite vacation spot? Michigan. With 4 out of the 5 Great Lakes surrounding us, there are endless places to visit, the sandy shores of Lake Michigan to the rocky coastline of Lake Superior. The state of Michigan has more lighthouses than the rest of the states combined, as well as one of the world’s longest suspension bridges spanning 5 miles from the lower to the upper peninsula, Michigan is the only state with two complete entities of land connected by The Mighty Mac, (Mackinac Bridge). Mackinac Island takes you back in time to another era, with no motorized vehicles allowed on the island. There’s nowhere I’d rather visit than my home state.
  5. What’s your “go-to” staple in the kitchen? Chocolate!

For my blog next week we’ll update our quilting/crafting UFO projects. The next week I’ll share photos from my UK trip, and the week after we’ll talk about PROTECTED, which releases on 5-14-15.




Spring Gardening

Amish view, Gardening Comments: 7

One thing I’ve learned from the Amish is that it’s perfectly ok to take the time to garden. I’m not that busy! Sometimes I feel too busy, but then when I take the time to go outside and putter around, my soul and my heart and my mind all feel better! It’s amazing what a few minutes in the garden can do. Below are a few pictures.


This is a trumpet vine. It provides good shade and the hummingbirds love it. Not really gardening, I know … but I wanted to share the blooms with you!


Impatiens that I kept in the “greenhouse” – converted dog shed – all winter. They’re happy to be out in the sun!

My tomato plant, and if you look very close, you'll see a green bean plant popping through the ground.

My tomato plant, and if you look very close, you’ll see a green bean plant popping through the ground.
















I’d love to know – are you gardening? Have you ever gardened? What was your favorite thing to grow?




March Street Team members

Street Team

Yup. I’m a little behind, as I’m just sharing my March street team members, and yes it is April. Better late than … well, you know.  If you’re interested in being on the 2016 street team, be sure you are signed up for my newsletter (box on the right). We’ll put out a call for new members in November/December.

Now for some details about our March members!

Sissy and Peepers

Sissy and Peepers

Sandra was sweet enough to answer the following questions:

  1. What is your home state? I live in Florida but I am from Nebraska
  2. Burgers or Pizza? Pizza
  3. Are you Spring, Summer, Winter or Fall? Fall
  4. What’s your favorite sport? Football
  5. What always makes you laugh? Big Bang Theory and my husband


Angel also answered our questions!

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Happy Easter

inspiration, UFO Challenge

iStock_000008492734XSmallI wanted to take a moment to wish you a very happy, blessed Easter.

We are blessed. Aren’t we? To contemplate the Easter story is to realize once again all that Christ sacrificed for us, how deep and wide and timeless is the love of our Father, and the hope that we have in Him.

Blessings to each of you,


ps – If you’re participating in the UFO challenge, feel free to leave a comment about your March project.  I’ll admit I didn’t finish mine, but I did get about 1/2 way through. For April we are to be working on project #8. Happy crafting!

Liz Dent & A Give-away

Amish fiction, Street Team

IMG_2949This week I wanted to introduce you to another Street Team member. You can see my previous street team post here. If you’re interested in being on the 2016 street team, be sure you are signed up for my newsletter (box on the right). We’ll put out a call for new members in November/December.

Now for some details about Liz!

  1. What it is about reading that you love so much? I have always loved to read a good book . I love reading books  because they carry me to different places to which I have never been . Through Vannetta Chapman’s books  I have met and learned a lot about The Amish and their ways. Which I have never met in person and hope to someday . . I also love all my friends that I have made while reading .
  2. What is your favorite passage or scripture in the Bible? Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
  3. What is your best personal characteristic? I would hope that I am a good friend to all my friends and hope  they know they can come to me if they need to talk or just need someone to listen to them .
  4. What is one thing that you constantly think about (other than material things)? God and my Family. I always want to do what God would have me to do. I want to be a good wife , mother , and grandmother .
  5. If you could meet any character of one of V’s books, who would it be and why? Hannah Troyer. I love the way she works with her English friend Amber to solve the mysteries. If she is a friend of yours or not , she does not stop till she solves the mystery. She seems so friendly and easy to like. A friend to all.

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February’s UFO

crafts, Quilting, UFO Challenge

2015 UFO Challenge, February

I’ve been thinking about hobbies. For me, they are very relaxing. They give me time away from the computer, which is always a good thing. But what things keep us from enjoying our hobbies? Do you ever wake up PLANNING to work on a project, only to drop in bed 15 hours later realizing you never even looked at it? I’d love to hear some suggestions for how to combat this sort of thing. Feel free to use the COMMENT button above.

As for my UFO project for this month, I was very motivated because it was a short month. I carved out time, especially when I had the house to myself. I finished the child’s quilt to the right. I like it because it looks like something a boy would Continue reading

Elaine Rieder & a Give-away

Amish fiction, Contest, Street Team

As some of you know, I have a Street Team. These folks help me promote my writing. They read my books, post reviews, share items on Facebook, and pass out bookmarks and postcards. They basically encourage and support me! This is my 3rd year having a street team, and I love it.

10580135_724252174322075_7173584914297367213_n-2This week I wanted to feature one of my members, Elaine Rieder. Elaine began on the street team in January. (Street team members Continue reading

Amish Cradle Give-away #2

Amish fiction, Amish Novella Collection, Christian authors, Contest

IMG_3340My co-authors and I have been having a lot of fun with the release of An Amish Cradle. This book was chosen as a top 20 romance by Amazon, and we’ve had some stellar reviews. Thank you! It’s always good to know when your writing is touching folks.

This week I’m giving away a small quilted wall hanging that I purchased locally (it’s 12″ x 12″) as well as a copy of An Amish Cradle.

baby CollageNow for some fun. I have pictures of my co-authors’ children. Let’s see if you can figure out Continue reading